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4.4

My amazing genuine italian experience by Dine

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa

Enjoy your holiday on this amazing ship. Book excursion in advance or just go in your own. Study diario di bordo. Spa on sea days.

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Beautiful ship by stevensfamily444

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Beautiful ship, great crew, beautiful ports but if you want to speak to other passengers in English you might want to select a different cruise line.

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4.6

My fairytale ship by Dine

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa

my second experience with Costa, but an amazing one. If you want to discover the cities, book in advance the excursions. Worth the experience. Or jjust stroll the cities by yourslf. And within the ship, do not miss AMARILLO bar for the best gelato in the world and Aperol Bar on deck 8, for nice sunsets.

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Uncomfortable bed, half-decent food, excursions not so good by mfpe

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

Bed need to be changed (hurt my back). Hotel service charge should be upfront.

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3.4

Its ok by BerlinerBoy

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Scandinavia

Costa food is bad and the cabin is simpel. GYm is good.

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4.6

Sehr schöne Städte und wundervolle Fjorde by AMinW

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Scandinavia

Die Häfen waren sehr schön. In allen Häfen konnte man ohne größeren Aufwand und ohne große Vorbereitung die Stadt auf eigene Faust erkunden. Mit Costa werden wir nicht wieder reisen. Wir waren die letzten Jahre immer mit MSC unterwegs und wollten mal wieder Costa probieren. Uns gefällt das Konzept von Costa nicht. Die massiven Service-Einsparungen, die Costa im letzten Jahr eingeführt hat, haben uns immer wieder zu Vergleichen mit MSC animiert. In der Hoffnung, dass MSC nicht auch irgendwann am Service spart, werden wir keine weitere Kreuzfahrt mit Costa machen. Bis vor einem Jahr empfanden wir die Qualität und den Service auf Costa und MSC als gleichwertig.

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4.0

Looking forward to go on... by petersen

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Ship: Costa Favolosa

Looking forward to go on Favolosa again in June 2018, we have the same Cabin as last time. This time it comes with a Drinks Package. It Will be nice to be back on board.

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3.9

Wonderful Western Mediterranean to Baltics cruise, but Costa Favolosa is very Italian and not geared for English speaking cruisers. by louwena

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Scandinavia

We loved cruising, but the Costa Favolosa is exorbitantly expensive. The food was really excellent. They close the buffet dining room at certain times and free coffee is only available during meal times. No free ice creams. Very expensive shops and photos. You pay for everything, only your food is included. Remember that they charge you 20 Euros service fee per day.

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very budget but proud by tolukilutoki

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

Good. We find nice people on the cruise between the cruise staff and passengers. For European cruise company it was not bad but we like more to travel with Celebrity or Princess

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4.4

Exciting by uzela

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Exciting

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Food and ports are so so... by ysa84998493

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

The food was very deplorable and the ports of the cities very small and not that interesting... Shows on board as well very average. The crew staff was nice but not in the restaurants  

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Our first cruise by sksurface

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

The crew was very service oriented and attentive to our needs. 

If someone chooses not to register their card they should have the ability to use currency.

Yes, we would recommend the cruise to others.

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4.0

A great transatlantic experience by arraes

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Caribbean

The ship is relatively new, a standard one without ultra fancy features but with an interesting Italian spirit. The itinerary was superb, many stops across the Atlantic and the Caribbean, the gastronomy was a definite highlight

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4.0

Very good if you know how to play the Costa game by CuencaEC

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Caribbean

I had a fine time on the Costa Favoloso on a repositioning cruise from Savona, Italy to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.  I joined the cruise in Barcelona, Spain and disembarked in Martinique after a total of 23 days.

The food aboard the Favoloso is mostly Italian style, and usually delicious.  Even the duds were pretty good, and it you don't like something just ask for something different.  The breakfast buffet didn't vary much.  Eggs, bacon, prosciutto, fruit, yogurt etc.  The lunch buffet was varied and featured roasts, stews, vegetables, and pastas.

I stayed in an inside cabin and it was comfortable, and well designed.  The cabin steward made up the room promptly and at least twice a day.  It was carefree living.  The evening entertainment was very professional looking with good lighting, a good sound system and entertaining acts.  The passengers aboard the ship were very international with Italians, Germans, and French forming the majority.  English speakers were only about 10 percent of the passengers.  Announcements, and most entertainment was done in at least four or five languages, but during the evening meal, the assigned dinner seating was with English speakers so we could visit and compare experiences for the day.

Now for the Costa game part.  Costa doesn't serve some items as part of their standard menu.  Primary among these are ice cream, pizza, and most drinks including pop, but with a little creative thinking you find substitutes.  The lunch buffet always featured an interesting selection of focaccia .  It's just pizza without the sauce.  Evening dinners would frequently serve frozen parfaits, which is practically ice cream.  Stay away from the fancy coffee beverages and just drink the coffee provided at breakfast and dinner.  Drink water instead of pop, and if you want an alcoholic beverage, consider buying a drink package.

Was I satisfied?  Yes very satisfied with two exceptions.  I received no disembarkation package when I was about to leave in Martinique.  They said it was because they hadn't printed it out in English.  Baloney!

A side trip to Marrakesh was marred by the fact they didn't tell us that were would be time to visit the market to do some souvenir shopping.  There was about 45 minutes available, but it wasn't listed in the brochure or made plain by the guide.  We raced from stall to stall without pause, salivating at some of the interesting goods for sale there.  A simple sentence saying that we would have time to shop at the end of the tour would have sufficed.

 

Would I go again?  Yes, in an instant.

 

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very good experience by joyce89533901

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Favorite part of the cruise was the food and the excursions.

Food was delicious; service impeccable

The excursions were handled very professionally and expeditiously

The  elevators were permitted to go to the egress floor; thus eliminating the herd mentality that usually occurs

 

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land of vikings by mpar900235

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

sailing in to the fjords was spectacular...dining was superb with 5 star service the entertainment was hit and miss....only went to two shows ..some in italian which was ok...were only a handful of americans on the ship...mostly italians and germans and older crowd

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It was the best of times; it was the worst of times... by rbradley04

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

(At the risk of plagiarizing a line from Tale of Two Cities.)  We truly enjoyed ourselves.  Service was great.  Waitstaff in the restaurants were wonderful.  Room steward was excellent.  We had plumbing problems.  Our toilet failed several times (no it wasn't clogged - it simply wouldn't flush).  Each time it was fixed very promptly - within minutes of us reporting it - but that shouldn't happen. 

 

We were a group of 9 Americans, and fortunately, we all get along very well.  None of us is bilingual, and that makes it tough to have casual conversations and make new friends on the cruise.  Don't get me wrong, everyone we met was friendly and tried to engage in conversation, but it was not easy.

 

The food was very good, but I'm used to seeing midnight buffets on cruises, and not being nickeled and dimed for every little thing.  My son in law was actually charged 38 cents for a glass of ice that he requested. 

 

Communication was a challenge.  During disembarkment on the last day of the cruise, no announcements were made in English - only Italian and Spanish.  And, a full 30 minutes past our scheduled disembarkment time, no one had been called to leave - only the excursion people were being addressed.  At that point, we had a plane to catch and simply left on our own, ignoring the schedule. 

 

The shows were fair at best, with the crew's presentation being the best of them all.  Nightlife was limited by our preferences (Italian karaoke is not my idea of a good time).

 

In summary, the ports of call were fine, the food was fine, the service was fine.  I would probably seek out a different cruise line that catered more toward my American tastes next time. 

 

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Oct 1- oct 8, 2015 by yerkis

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

con: food was not so great   Lack variety, at times salty. At dinner you were charged for water and where not offered tea or coffee with dessert.

 

Pros: great nighttime entertainment.   We enjoyed having a stop at different port almost daily.  Cabin size and cleanness was great.  Staff just ok not overly friendly. It was great meeting so many people from different places that spoke different languages making this a unique experience.

 

 

 

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1.0

avoid costa at all cost. by jasen

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Costa favolosa was the worst cruise I have ever been on.  I have been on many cruise lines.  the food quality was only a little better than a high school cafeteria food.  If people like this cruise they have never been on any other cruise.  The entertainment was poor.   The ship had no real food choices but italian and that was very poor. All  other ships have multiple food types and different places to eat.  If the main dining hall was open the buffet was closed along with any other options.  The lines were always very long because they only would have one place offering anything at one time on the ship.   They nickled and dimed you for every thing and the quality was poor.  The spa hot tubs, steam rooms and relaxation rooms were extra.  they had no ice cream unless you paid extra and only at limited time offerings . They had no soda drinks  or even juice with out paying more.   All other ships I have been on at least had juice through out the day or soda during the main meal of the day included.   They had no piano bar jazz club.  no comedy club.   the excursion desk was disorganized.   One of my  excursions was even cancelled and another was set for the wrong language.  The management told the room staff not to waist towels making towel animals which on all other cruises is a custom.  There was no onboard welcoming party.   The alcoholic drinks were watered down.   If this was my first cruise I wound never do another.

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POCO TIEMPO Y MUY TEMPRANO EN OSLO. by apm2000mx

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

REALMENTE ESTUVO BIEN, DE ACUERDO A LO ESPERADO, SIN EMBARGO LA PARADA EN OSLO FUE MUY TEMPRANO Y CON MUY POCO TEMPO PARA VISITAR UNA CIUDAD QUE OFRECE TANTO. MUY TENDENCIOSO A CONTRATAR LOS TOURS QUE SE OFRECEN AL INTERIOR.

LO MEJOR DE TODO FUE LA ATENCIÓN DE JESS, NUESTRO MESERO A BORDO EN EL DUQUE DE ORLEANS.

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